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Weltmacht Wider Willen

Weltmacht Wider Willen

By Christian Hacke

Klett-Cotta, 1988, 544 pp.

A brief survey of West German foreign policy since World War II, from occupation to the unwilled status of a world power. Hacke, a German political scientist, contrasts the successes abroad with the lack of popular interest in foreign policy. His account ends with Chernobyl, and he emphasizes throughout that, popular indifference notwithstanding, the domestic policies of the Federal Republic have been deeply affected and constrained by external considerations.